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Versailles vs Anime September 24, 2010

Posted by Ivan Pols in art.
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There is a great set of photographs at Guardian.co.uk of the Takashi Murakami exhibit at Versailles. The beautifully finished anime inspired sculptures juxtapose wonderfully with the ornate decoration of Versailles. The Golden Oval Buddha is especially interesting with the gardens as a dramatic backdrop. I’ve been reading about Matisse in 1905 and I  imagine that his paintings would have juxtaposed very similarly against the academic paintings surrounding his at the Paris salons. Quite a wonderful shock.